As a result of MANS' lobbying efforts, the provincial government extended the fuel tax rebate to Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry in 2017.
The fuel tax rebate saves producers 15.5 cents per litre of gas and 15.4 cents per litre of diesel consumed on mine, quarry and pit sites. This allows several million dollars per year to be reinvested into making operations more efficient and creating jobs for Nova Scotians.
Provincial fuel tax is supposed to help pay for public roads and highways by charging the vehicle owners who use them. The government gives other resource industries a tax rebate for fuel used in vehicles that do not go on public roads, such as fishing boats, farm tractors and forestry harvesters. Nova Scotia excluded the mining and quarrying industry from the rebate since the 1980s, even though most of our industry's vehicles also do not use public roads. Finally getting the rebate is a tremendous win for MANS and its members, and a clear indication of the provincial government's strong support of our industry.
More information about the fuel tax rebate, including how to apply, is available at https://novascotia.ca